October is a great month for travel because you will find some of the cheapest destinations before the day season picks up.
Not only is it a good month for flight deals but you will have the best luck with accommodations. October is one of the best times to reserve international rooms as they tend to be cheaper than the average prices.
Ready to go? Here are the cheapest destinations this fall.
Editor’s Note: Please check all updated travel advisories, adhere to all testing requirements, and mask mandates if you travel this fall.
Guatemala City, Guatemala For As Low As $177 Round-Trip
Let’s start putting some respect on Guatemala’s name. Over the last several months, it has remained as solid as can be when it comes to scoring an affordable flight deal from a ton of American cities. What we also love about Guatemala City is that there’s no shortage of fun or adventure. Guatemala is home to more than 1,500 Mayan ruins, has many hiking options for those who love the outdoors, and boasts more than 30 volcanoes.
There are beaches, good food, and, most importantly, Black travelers report feeling safe here.
The time is now to cross Guatemala off your bucket list.
Flights from NYC, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Houston, and Orlando to Guatemala City can be purchased for less than $300 round-trip, according to Skyscanner.
Miami offers the cheapest option. Use Oct. 20 through Oct. 23 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket for $177 on Frontier Airlines.
Medellin, Colombia For As Low As $193 Round-Trip
Medellin is another city that has been good lately regarding flight deals. Unfortunately, if we’re being honest, October is the second rainiest month in this otherwise perfect city known as “Eternal Spring” for the amazing wedding conditions.
The good news, however, is that the showers typically only last about two hours daily. If you’re one of those people where a little rain doesn’t hurt, October is an amazing time to save across the board, as hotel stays are also cheaper.
If you have the chance, you should travel to Medellin for Halloween, where the locals take it seriously.
If you’re unsure about what to do in Medellin, either solo or with friends, we have a guide here that you check out.
According to Skyscanner, there are so many cities that get you here for less than $300, including Austin, Houston, Orlando, and NYC.
But like Guatemala City, Miami is still where it’s at for the best deal right around the time we think you should go.
Use Oct. 25 through Oct. 31 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket priced at $193 on Spirit. And before you trip on us, did we mention the flight is nonstop?
Trinidad and Tobago For As Low As $253 Round-Trip
We try to stay away from the Caribbean during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30, but did you know that Trinidad and Tobago lie just below the hurricane belt? This means there’s a smaller chance of severe weather hurting your vacation.
Even better? It’s hard to find an excellent deal in Trinidad and Tobago. So you get the best of both worlds: fewer crowds as people typically avoid the Caribbean and reasonable prices on flights and accommodations.
So, for this deal, you have to get to Florida, where you will find the cheapest options that leave Fort Lauderdale and Miami for less than $300 round-trip, according to Skyscanner. Both of these flight options are nonstop on Caribbean Airlines.
If you have a few more dollars to spend, consider leaving from Boston for less than $370 round-trip or Washington, D.C. for less than $390.
Paris, France For As Low As $277 Round-Trip
Is it us or is there something just so magical just daydreaming about Paris in October? The leaves are turning, the tourists have calmed down after a busy summer season, and there’s a bit of a breeze, so fall fashion and layered pieces are on full display. Ahh … take us to Paris now!
We may be right along with you all who plan to jump on this flight deal from NYC and Washington, D.C. to Paris for less than $300 round-trip. Use this Skyscanner link to book a flight to Paris, and don’t forget to check out our guide on spending your dollars at Black-owned stores.